Today we’d like to introduce you to James Jackman.
Thanks for sharing your story with us James. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started working with a camera in high school after I learned that photographs could be used to pass my AP design class. I saw it as a great way to circumvent all the hard work of drawing. In fact, that parallels how 19th-century portrait painters regarded the process; a new technology that replaced hundreds of hours of meticulous labor.
After studying photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design, I did a fair bit of traveling, learning about the world through image-making. Most of the photographs that I made in that time have not stood up to rigorous edits of my overall body of work. At some point, I became interested in tropical agriculture and that became a major subject of documentation.
Most of the commissioned work that I make today is approached from a documentary standpoint. I’ve developed a way of working and a group of individuals and businesses that support my particular creative vision. Amplifying friends and their various projects is my passion and thus, everyone wins.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Photography, like most art forms, is a constant struggle with oneself. Artists are always wondering if their work is good enough and that is part of what keeps us creating new work, honing our craft, and trying new approaches. Rejection is a major hurdle that constantly presents itself but maintaining positivity and having faith in one’s work is paramount to achieving personal goals.
Please tell us about your business.
The business consists of just myself but thrives off constant collaborations with other creative people, passionate clients, and hard-working assistants now and then. I specialize in brand narrative, telling stories through photographic documentation.
I’m always super proud when the client feels empowered by the photographs that I create. It’s a great feeling when the images go into use and I can see the positive feedback the client receives from the work.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My brother and I grew up with a jungle for a backyard and the memory of it has definitely become a theme in my work. We moved out of the jungle house after the 2008 crash and I feel like I’m constantly seeking emotional refuge in other people’s jungles.
Our backyard jungle was a constant source of entertainment, a playground for bored minds. Whatever we wanted to do was encouraged by our father, be it build a treehouse, a zipline, a half-pipe, or just blowing stuff up with firecrackers. I suppose the approach was akin to the Waldorf schooling mentality.
- Website: https://jamesjackman.com
- Phone: 561-703-5135
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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